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Updated January 29, 2015

C.R. Rao receives 38th honorary degree

Published August 7, 2014

Calyampudi Radhakrishna (C.R.) Rao, UB research professor in the Department of Biostatistics, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, at the institution’s convocation on July 26.

Rao was honored “for his contribution to the foundations of modern statistics through the introduction of such concepts as Cramer-Rao inequality, Rao-Blackwell theorem, Rao Distance and Rao Measure, and for introducing the idea of orthogonal arrays for industry to design high-quality products.”

This is Rao’s 38th honorary doctorate. The degrees have been awarded from universities in 19 countries spanning six continents.

Doctoral students win national contest

Published July 31, 2014

Two UB electrical engineering PhD students won a national competition that supports academic researchers developing new wireless technologies.

The students, Emrecan Demirors and George Sklivanitis, won the 2014 Nutaq Software-Defined Radio Academic U.S. National Contest. They will receive software, transmitter/receivers and other equipment valued at $16,000.

Demirors and Sklivanitis work in the Software Defined Networks Lab in UB’s Department of Electrical Engineering. They entered the contest under the guidance of professors Dimitris Pados and Stella Batalama, and associate professor Tommaso Melodia, all from Electrical Engineering. They bested teams from The Ohio State University, Virgina Tech, University of Wisconsin, Madison and other institutes of higher learning.

Based in Quebec City, Nutaq develops software and hardware for a variety of applications. 

Taughrin named to "30 Under Thirty" list

Published July 24, 2014

Ryan Taughrin, admission and student services coordinator in the Graduate School of Education, has been named a Business First “30 Under Thirty” honoree.

The annual list recognizes Western New Yorkers in the early stages of their careers who are achieving at high levels at work and in the community.

The winners will be recognized during a ceremony being held on Aug. 20.

Salamone awarded Achenbach Medal

Published June 19, 2014

Salvatore Salamone, assistant professor of civil engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the 2014 Achenbach Medal.

Presented by the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, the award recognizes a young investigator who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of structural health monitoring. This includes the monitoring of bridges, pipelines, buildings and other infrastructure.

To be eligible for the international award, one must be a young researcher within 10 years of receiving a PhD.

A native of Italy, Salamone joined UB in 2010 after earning his PhD at the University of Palermo and conducting postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego.

The medal is named in honor of Jan Achenbach, professor emeritus (Walter P. Murphy Professor and Distinguished McCormick School Professor) at Northwestern University.